|Destination||Carrington Bay, Cortes Island|
|Date||15 April 2015, Wednesday|
|Trip Coordinator||Margot Wood|
|Contact Info||250.285.2393. You MUST contact Margot by Monday, April 13th, 10 a.m. in order to arrange transportation.|
|Description||This hike will be hosted by the Children’s Forest Board of Directors. We will be met at the Cortes Ferry Parking and driven to the start of the hike.
Our guide is a long time resident of Cortes Island, knows the area well and he is filled with the history and knowledge of this beautiful park.
Carrington Bay Regional Park is one of the most widely used mature forest destinations on the island. The main trail out to the lagoon is an old dirt road bed and the many other trails through the forest are suitable for both hiking and mountain biking. The lagoon entrance is a narrow channel through which the tide flows, mixing salt and fresh water for abundant aquatic life. The forests are also home to a significant amount of wildlife, including several species at risk. The mature forest on the way out to the lagoon also hosts a whole network of hiking and biking trails, with several “you are here” maps along the way that will also help you to locate two historic homesteads. Much of the forest that you will hike through to get to the lagoon is private managed forestland. The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society has been formed to purchase these forestlands and hold them in trust for the children of Cortes Island in perpetuity. For more information visit http://www.corteschildrensforesttrust.org. Park at the trail head on Coulter Bay Rd. Access is off Carrington Bay Road in Whaletown or down Jimmy Smith Road, through the Cortes Pit. Estimated walking time for several trails: allow at least 2-3 hrs.
|Meeting Place||Cortes ferry line-up|
|Departure Time||9:05 a.m. ferry. We plan to return on the 1:50 p.m ferry or the 3:50 p.m. at the latest.|
|Difficulty||Easy & beautiful|
|Dogs?||Yes. Be aware wolves in the area.|
|Notes:||Bring lunch. This trip is weather dependent.|